Floating Into Wellness: A Salty Experince

Magnesium is used for a number of reasons. And there are a number of kinds of magnesium (as magnesium has to be bound to another substance in order to be used by the body) and ways for the body to absorb and use it, as you will see here within an attached excerpt I have included by Michael Ravensthorpe. But before I jump over to sharing Mr. Ravensthorpe's breakdown of types of magnesium, I would like to discuss the one he left off of his list: magnesium sulfate.


Magnesium Sulfate, also known as Epsom Salt, is used to help relieve stress... both mentally & physically. Epsom salt was named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. It is one of many naturally occurring mineral salts, a compound of magnesium and sulfate.


I have personally been using Epsom Salt my entire life. Since I was a small child, my grandmother used Epsom salt for bathing, soaking, and aiding in constipation (small amounts for this modality). I have recently had my eyes widened even more on the benefits of Epsom Salt and what it can do for the body as I was given the opportunity to experience FLOAT WELLNESS DURBAN, a sensory deprivation tank, where your body floats in 500 kg of dissolved Epsom Salt ...in complete silence & the dark.


A typical 30 - 45 minute home soak in 300 - 500 mg Epsom & warm bath water can help relieve muscle soreness & joint stiffness by helping the body to lessen lactic acid build up in the muscle fibers. A home Epsom soak can also help stabilize mood & increase serotonin levels in the brain. Epsom Salt baths help with mental & emotional fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cold sensitivity.


Does all of that sound like something you need in your life? Want to AMPLIFY all of the above? Then I suggest you book a session with FLOAT WELLNESS DURBAN . Your entire experience will be taken to a whole new level. Let me share my experience with you & give you some tips that may help to ensure you have a great experience.



Apparently many people find it difficult to arrive, undress, hop in, and situate in their float. For me, I hopped right in and floated comfortably from the start. The water is set to normal body temperature as you don't want to sweat or be cold in the pod. Personally, my body temp runs a little high and therefore I am always a little cold in water so I will ask for it to be increased to 39-40 degrees Celsius on my next visit (if this applies to you, please let them know when you book your hour).


Personally, I find it hard to sit still for 1 hour in the day time; if you are a busy bee like myself & you are wanting to do this for stress relief and you cannot quiet your mind midday, then try to book a slot later in the day for their last session before close of business.



Arrive 20 minutes early to fill out documents & to be taken through your process before getting ready to get in the pod. The facility is clean & the staff is beyond welcoming and friendly. Once you have been walked through the procedure, you will shower in your private float room & it is up to you if you wear a bathing suite or you get in nude. The pods are cleaned for every person who floats.


I hopped in and immediately began to float. The lights when off and the music silenced. In the first few moments, I laid there just getting a feel for it. I slowly started to notice the pressure in my spine disappear. As you float, the spaces between your joints are able to relax. This happens because you are literally alleviating your body from the stress of gravity.


I began to move my hips side to side and my neck as well. Before too long I realized my body was wiggling or swaying side to side as if I were a snake. I felt mt entire body release tension. I was notable to keep still!


Going into the experience, I had made up my mind that I would be meditating and trying to go into trance -- I am too new to meditation to be able to do that with such a heightened sense of body awareness. So, if you're like me, and you already have a hard time quieting your mind and you have a busy body, do yourself a favor and just don't give yourself a set of expectations -- literally get in there and go with the float (see what I did there, ha).



Half way into my experience, I sat up. The pod is large enough for you to sit in with the top still closed. I began to stretch, and as I lengthened my body down my legs, I was able to engage in a deeper stretch. My muscles and my bones felt weightless. Even after getting out of the pod, I was more limber and able to ease into deeper stretching for a few days following the experience.


Many people leave the sensory deprivation tank with different take aways. For me, the experience left me wide awake and full of energy for about 3 straight hours with heightened creativity in my conversations; I then I slept very deeply for 7 hours that night & was quite lethargic and emotional the following day. This is a typical sign of emotional tension release which can occur through several natural healing modalities. I had powerful intestinal movement & relaxation as the magnesium sulfate stimulates the motility of certain organs within the body.



My personal tips for your FLOAT DURBAN experience are as follows...

- don't arrive with an expectation of how your float is going to go.

- don't plan to float if you have nail polish/stain/gel/acrylic/etc as the salt will lift and exfoliate (yes even just sitting in it)

- don't plan to float if you have recently dyed your hair or put chemicals in it; my hair felt so full of volume and lift for about 5 days after floating; it woke up my roots so nicely

- be hydrated but not so hydrated that you have to get out to go to the toilet

- try to be in a state of mind that is calm so that you can enjoy your experience as uniquely as it transpires for you

- WEAR THE EAR PLUGS PROVIDED ...or you will have little crinkling crystal sounds in your head for 2 weeks following your visit (I may or may not be speaking from experience here)

- WEAR THE EAR PLUGS PROVIDED ...or you may experience a very strong burning sensation of salt down your throat (again, this may or may not be a part of my personal experience ha!)

- do not be afraid of pruning skin in the pod; believe it or not your skin will come out very supple and not dry in the least bit but still be sure to shower afterwards in the beautiful shower provided


Contact FLOAT WELLNESS DURBAN today to book your 1 hour get away from the noise & stress of daily living





"The number of people with magnesium deficiency is climbing at a rapid pace. As dependence on processed and packaged foods increases along with the depletion of soil, essential minerals are lost (if not completely removed), from our diets. A lack of magnesium can cause many issues in the human body. These issues spread from fatigue to hormonal imbalances, histamine reactions, inflammation, constipation, diarrhea, heart attacks, acid reflux, and many other things in between.

Magnesium must be bonded to another substance in order to be used efficiently in the body. There are different types of magnesium, which provide different health benefits.

Here is a list of the best forms of magnesium to be used in supplementation.

Magnesium Citrate: the most common and popular form. It is inexpensive and easily absorbed by the body. This form is used as a laxative because of the bond to citric acid. This is a good choice for people with colon and rectal issues.

Magnesium tatrate: This form is best for people with cardiovascular problems. It contains no laxative properties.

Magnesium malate: this form is best for those who suffer from fatigue. Malic acid is present in most body cells and it’s a vital part of the enzymes that play a role in ATP synthesis and production.

Magnesium glycinate: bound to glycine, this is the most absorbable form of magnesium and least likely to cause diarrhea; the best form for correcting a long-term deficiency of magnesium.

Magnesium Chloride: the best form for detoxing the cells and tissue. Chloride aids in kidney function and can give a sluggish metabolism a kick start.

Magnesium carbonate: both popular and bio available, turns into magnesium chloride when it mixes with stomach acid. This form is great for people who suffer from indigestion and acid reflux.

Ravensthorpe, Michael.”The Best & Worst Forms of Magnesium to Take as a Supplement”.Naturalnews.com2014.Web.25January2016.

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